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Legal aid means test research

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Research shows legal aid means test is preventing families in poverty from accessing justice. 

New research commissioned by the Law Society shows some of society’s most vulnerable are unable to access justice after being deemed ineligible for legal aid despite living in poverty.

The report shows that people on incomes 10-30% below the minimum income standard are being excluded from legal aid, meaning that poverty hit families are being denied vital help to address potentially life-changing legal issues.

The report, ‘Priced Out of Justice? Means testing legal aid and making ends meet’ was commissioned by the Law Society and produced independently by Professor Donald Hirsch of the University of Loughborough.

The Law Society is therefore calling on the government to restore the means test to its 2010 real-terms level, and to conduct a review to consider what further changes are required to address the problems exposed by this report.


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